The Power Of Solitude With God

November 16, 2011 in Bro. Heath's Blogs, The Holy Bride

“And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat.” Mark 6:31

Solitude With God- Our Highest Calling

It is very evident in scripture that our Lord Jesus often retreated to some place of solitude to be alone with the Father. “And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone.” Matthew 14:23 If it was required of our Lord to “get away” and separate himself from others to be alone with God, how much more His servants?

In scripture and in history, as we examine closely the character of any man or woman of God who was used mightily by God, we always see an identical pattern in their lives. Every saint powerfully used by God were ones devoted more to private prayer and solitude with God than any other act or public ministry that had made them well known.

From the beginning of creation until now, we have a great cloud of witnesses who walked with God in solitude who are now honored with a good name for their mighty acts of sacrifice and service to God.

Dear saints, it is only in our solitude with God do we become a real man or woman of God. It is not in all the “things” that we do that seem spiritual or “sacrificial”. As one brother has stated, “We are only as spiritual as our prayer life.” The highest pinnacle of our spirituality lies in our solitude with God not in our busy “ministry schedules”. If all our “great acts” or “spiritual sacrifices” are not underlined with a love relationship from solitude with Jesus then it is dead works.

“I know thy works, and thy labor, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars: And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name’s sake hast labored, and hast not fainted. Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.” Revelation 2:2-5 Without our “first love” all ministry we do is void of God’s blessings and in the end, the light of our witness, that is our “candlestick” is nigh to being removed from us.

Do you really want to stand before God on the day of judgement and try to justify yourself by telling Jesus about all the great ministry “things” you accomplished only to have Him tell you that your works were your own! “And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” Matthew 7:23

Furthermore, the glory goes to us and not to God because the essence of our works is from our own abilities and not from God’s leading. The essence of all true anointing and all true power with God is our fellowship and intimate friendship with Him. “But the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.” Daniel 11:32.

The True Anointing

Solitude with God is a powerful means to anointing and even supernatural power in our lives. I believe that the true definition for anointing can be summed up in this; anointing is our intimacy with Christ in full view. It is the fragrance of the prayer closet on our clothes, on our countenance, on our tongues. The measure of a man’s anointing is determined by the his prayer life.

Shouting and telling sad stories can move a crowd but this is not indicative of true anointing. Hitler moved a nation with his abilities and yet he can not be numbered with those anointed. We sometimes mistake charisma and personality as “anointing”. But true anointing does not gravitate to “pep rally tactics” or “emotional manipulation”. Instead it is an overflow of a sincere devotion to God that permeates from the soul, affecting other souls. It is what we gain in the solitude that manifests itself in the presence of others. Others will sense the presence of God with us because we sought the presence of God in prayer and solitude beforehand. This is where true anointing comes from. And solitude with God is the only way to get it.

As a crushed flower releases it’s beautiful fragrances, so a broken, humble spirit who has spent time in solitude with Jesus will release the life of Christ on all they come in contact with. “Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place. For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish:” 2 Corinthians 2:14,15

You will not have to wear a “Christian” T shirt or all sorts of “Christian jewelry”, or have a “Jesus” bumper sticker or fish symbol on your car to identify your walk with God. Your countenance, your actions, your very presence will tell people that you have been with Jesus! “Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.” Acts 4:13

Solitude With God Forms Your Testimony

Your solitude with God will begin to testify of itself. You do not need to worry whether your time spent with God alone will pay off. God always honors those who honor Him. “Therefore whatsoever ye have spoken in darkness shall be heard in the light; and that which ye have spoken in the ear in closets shall be proclaimed upon the housetops.” Luke 12:3

Enoch’s solitude with God testified that he walked with God and he did not taste death as a chariot of fire carried him to the very presence of God whom he loved.

Noah’s solitude with God testified that he heard from God to build an ark to escape the wrath of God and bring mercy to mankind.

Jacob’s solitude with God testified that in the quiet places God wrestles with men and changes their hearts forever. Jacob who ones was a deceiver became a prince of God. In his solitude with God, he discovered who he really was as he found out who God really is!

Joseph’s solitude with God testified that God speaks through dreams and that the dreams of God will always come to pass for those who yearn to see them fulfilled.

Mose’s solitude with God on the mountain testified that God can speak face to face with man and bring deliverance to those who obey His commandments.

David’s solitude with God in a lonely valley testified that a shepherd boy can slay giants and become a king. David was “a man after God’s own heart” because he was man who loved solitude with God. It was in his solitude that David wrote his psalms and in effect wrote his name in the pages of holy scripture as one of the greatest men who ever lived.

Peter’s solitude with God testifies that God can turn a fearful, undisciplined, self-seeking fisherman into a bold, self-sacrificing disciple who stands as one of the greatest apostles of the first church.

Paul’s solitude with God on the backside of an asian desert testifies that God is no respecter of persons. He will take murdering religionists and turn them into great soul winners for Jesus. Paul knew that solitude with God was the secret to power with God when he said, “That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;” Philippians 3:10

Creation Beckons You To Solitude With God

The whole of creation beckons men to “come away” in solitude with God. Hear the cool breeze of a crisp autumn day, say to your soul, “get away with me… and let us spend time with our mutual Creator.” The setting sun and it’s pastel sky of beauty and awe, like a mother calling her sons in for dinner seem to call us in to sup with the Father of lights.

The flow of a cool, pure river surrounded by scenes of tranquility tempt us to quiet, to be at peace, to be still and know that God is faithful and in control of this world. The sound of chirping birds in vivid scenery of green with the warmth of sun beaming on our face, cries out to us , “The Creator of these things is full of goodness and beauty… Call out to Him!” Tall pines and great oaks in the vastness of an enchanting forest stand as ambassadors of a paradise lost and of a paradise to come.

Some believe that nature is a quiet reflection of the Creator’s glories. But I picture nature more like a shouting madman, summoning us to know the great Creator, to know God intimately, to know His love. In my solitude with God in the midst of nature, I have heard mountains speak of His majesty. I have seen fragile flowers speak of His tenderness. I have heard the thunder shout praises of His power and the lightening dance upon the sky in celebration of His awesome strength. Creatures great and small have told me of His goodness. The furry little animals have delighted me with tales of His humility.

The monkey, the elephant and the giraffe has spoken to me about His sense of humor and his happy imagination. The lion and the bear has told me of His fierce loyalty to His children. The horse and the eagle has told me of His grace and His view of what true freedom is. Time would fail to mention every creation and what each one says about our Creator. However, know this, all of nature reveals His nature and the beauty of nature is the nature of His beauty!

It has been proven that people who have grown up in a country settings that are full of natural beauty are more “God-conscience” or “religious” than those who have grown up in large cities with only a view of concrete and the sound of busy streets.

The gentle power of nature has a way of persuading men that they not alone. No human spirit can resist it’s sway. I have seen inner-city street gang members plucked from their concrete jungle, and placed in a beautiful country setting become totally mesmerized by the creation around them.

Even the greatest fools do not turn in disgust of a sunset. For in every one of us is a trace of reverence for true beauty…and a groaning for the God of life and life of God.

This groaning has been described as creation’s regret for what once was, coupled with a hope of what will be. The groaning is a desire for eternity. It is a desire for the mountain not to quake, the leaf not to wither, the flower not to fade, the river not to dry up, and the human soul not to die.

I believe the groaning is also the shadow of the pain of God. It is the tears of the Creator etched within our fallen souls. It is the cry of “paradise lost” yearning for fellowship once again with the Creator of all life. Only most of us are too distracted with worldly pursuits to stop and examine this groaning. Or worse yet, we try to fill this groaning with pleasures outside the framework of the creation’s design.

We may even know it is God calling, calling us to solitude with Him, but we refuse to go. Because this spirit of groaning occupies all of creation, when we are exposed to the beauties of nature, the groaning within us intensifies. It is the outcry of nature affecting the spirit of man. Both, groaning to be clothed with immortality.

Worship The Creator Alone

The effect that nature has on the human spirit is phenomenal but we must not idolize nature and turn to it for our strength. This would be worshipping the “creation rather than the Creator”. New age religions and primitive pagan cultures have made this mistake. Creation is not be worshiped as the Creator himself is neglected or even scorned. This is as absurd as making a painting the guest of honor at a banquet while the artist is barred from entering the room because he is despised. A piece of wood, a block of stone, or a furry little creature can be made into a god by rebellious hearts but in reality they are nothing but a piece of wood, a block of stone, and a furry little creature. All of creation points to worship the Creator alone!

I think it does the soul wonders to be shut out from the world’s rat-race and placed in an environment so full of the unblemished life of God’s creation. The clamor of city life or the hustle and bustle of business can make many a Christian distracted and even backslidden if we are not careful. I believe nature can be a persuader and friend that draws us closer to Jesus.

I highly recommend frequent outtings to a country setting as an ideal place for solitude with God. Retreats to such places can truly clear the mind and soul of a lot of junk we may have collected along our busy way. Get lost in a forest on purpose. Climb a mountain like Moses. Find a quiet place to rest your soul, your spirit, to refresh your life in His presence. Find your way to solitude with God.

However, it may be difficult for some to climb a mountain or walk a forest path to get away with God. Yet one does not need to be in a solitary place to have solitude with God. Solitude is more a condition of the heart than circumstantial “aloneness”. There are many who are alone but never have solitude with God.

Self- The Enemy Of SolitudeWith God

Self can be company enough to keep you from true solitude with God. No person is without the distracting entertainer- self. I must confess that there have been times even as a Christian that I would rather amuse myself than spend time with God. There have been moments that the Spirit within me would beckon me to intercession but I have preferred an entertainment above the need to pray.

Not that all entertainment is bad, only that when Jesus calls, we should always go with the leading of His Spirit. Solitude with God should be to us the first priority but sad to say, for most of us, we make it is our last resort. We’d rather muddle our brains and hearts with trivial amusements than to spend quality time in solitude with the Almighty.

We spend hours and hours with friends or family or even strangers but with God we give only brief minutes and “popcorn prayers”. This is far from true solitude with God.

Reflecting on my own soulish pattern, I have seen a fear surface at times, a fear of solitude with God. I would not even want to get in a place that forced me to be alone for any length of time. For I had a hidden fear that my self would soon lose it musing effect and begin to bring my thoughts around to God.

Therefore I plotted and planned. I would dream, I would scheme. I made sure I had something to do all the time. I would go to a movie with friends. Or go to Bible studies, work on my computer, write a letter, attend a seminar, stay active, never stop lest those thoughts haunt me and I find myself, face on the ground with God. My “busy-ness” would always prove to console my neglect. My guilty soul would pet me, “Look at all your doing for God, surely this is a type of spiritual sacrifice equal to if not better than solitude with God”. “God will understand… your just trying to further His kingdom right now… soon you will spend more time with God”.

Instead of actually having solitude with God as truly needed, my deceived soul would find itself saying things like, “I need to…” “real soon I’m gonna…” “I want to…” but never just doing it!

The devil doesn’t flinch at our yearnings and desires. He may even use them to deceive us into thinking that we’re “pretty good old Christians” for all the yearning and desiring we do. But the devil puts all Hell on red alert when we actively pursue solitude with God.

Sin Keeps Us From Solitude With God

If we fear solitude with God, it is a sure sign of a much deeper heart problem. Love casts out fear. Why do we neglect or purposely shun being alone with God? There have been times where I have regarded sin in my heart and couldn’t look God in the eye, nor spend time with Him alone.

Unrepentant sin in the heart is the first and foremost reason why we neglect solitude with God. We are like the first Adam when he sinned. He hid himself when God came near. He feared solitude with God. He feared because he knew that God would see his heart for what it had become. “Hide yourself Adam, busy yourself… perhaps God will walk on by…maybe he won’t see your heart…” But the Father walks in the garden of solitude, the cool of the day, crying out, “Adam, where are you? Adam, my son, why do you hide from me?”

We struggle to hide but are never truly hidden from the eyes of Him whom we have to do. We struggle to stay busy but never take care of business. We close our eyes, thinking if we do not examine our heart, God will not either. We run from solitude with God as if His eyes are not always beholding us anyways. It is a strange rebellion that is subtile in our souls but violently destructive to our walk with God.

Wrong Image Of God Keeps Us From Solitude

Sometimes it isn’t a sin that keeps us from solitude with God. Sometimes it’s a wrong picture of God in our minds. We may see God as a greyheaded old man with lighting bolts in both hands poised at our destruction… and who wants to spend time alone with a grouchy old God! We are duped to buy into a devil’s whisper and question the goodness and wisdom of God our Father.

But in truth God loves His children with a jealous passion and delights in us with joy. Yes, he becomes hurt and grieved when we disobey Him. Yet His hurt is not a self-oriented “I’ve been wronged” sort of hurt but His hurt and grief is for you. A mother may become grieved to the point of tears and even angry at times because one of her children has made some destructive choices in their life. Her tears and anger are not because she has been personally offended but more that one of her children has been hurt. She may know that her child is much more smarter than the bad choice he or she has made. She is disappointed more for them than in them. I believe this is the way God is many times concerning His children.

Have you ever wondered why the Great God of the universe even cares about people sinning? Why does God care that you sin? I think it is more than a “How-dare-you-break-My-laws” reason. He could easily just forget about the whole lot of us and create a billion more “earths” and populate it with creations that won’t defy His laws. I believe God cares about whether we sin because He really cares about our well being and safety! It may not seem like a profound thought and yet it is. He cares and loves us because we are truly His children, His offspring! If we can begin to see God for who He really is- a beautiful Father passionately in love with His children, then we will readily seek solitude with God.

His lovely and wonderful character will draws us and our attitude of heart will gravitate to yearning to spend time alone with Him. Being alone with God should never make us uncomfortable. If we find ourselves squirming to stay clear of solitude with God then it is a good indicator that we are either struggling with guilt or unresolved issues in our hearts. It also could be that we are full of doubt or unbelief that God would actually want to meet with us. Although we would never admit it, our hearts might truly believe that praying is a waste of time or energy.

Sad to say, but solitude with God is a strange concept to many church folks. They have never thought of really spending much time with God in solitude. The old hymn says “sweet hour of prayer” but how many people can not endure more than five minutes of prayer without squirming. They make excuses that they can’t sit that long in one position but they have no problem watching a 4 hour epic movie on a Friday night. Dead religion is more convenient, less hassles. A relationship with God takes time and effort to develop. Christianity has accumulated many false converts who are content with “form” but deny the power thereof. Lazy churchgoers who feel that their attendance on Sunday morning is all God really requires of them. They quell their guilty souls by their “moral” or “religiously active” lives.

In conclusion and summary of these things, solitude with God is only a normal response for a heart that truly loves God. It is not a duty but a privilege… “I get to, not I got to…” “I want to not I have to…” It is not a function to perform but an unction of Holy Spirit.

Solitude with God is the soul’s yearning to be in God’s very presence. King David said, “As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?” Psalms 42:1,2

As men and women truly in love with God we will too echo this prayer “When shall I come and appear before God?” It is the heart’s cry for solitude with God.

*We make no apologies for the many scriptures and references in this article because it is┬ánecessary┬áthat you know that it is not our opinion but God’s Word that really matters in the end.


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